Emer­gency funds cleared for Lesvos quake dam­age

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The In­fra­struc­ture Min­istry has cleared emer­gency fund­ing for Lesvos af­ter last month’s 6.3 Richter earth­quake, which caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to the vil­lage of Vrisa, where one per­son was killed and more than 800 dis­placed.

The state will cover 80 per­cent of build­ing restora­tion costs while the rest will made avail­able in the form of in­ter­est-free loans. Those whose homes were dam­aged will re­ceive 1,000 eu­ros per square me­ter in aid from the state.

Pri­vate do­na­tions have also come in, with $40,000 com­ing from the Greek Amer­ica Foun­da­tion to sup­port dis­placed fam­i­lies. “As soon as we heard about the earth­quake, we started gath­er­ing re­sources,” said Greg Pap­pas, the foun­da­tion’s founder, who re­cently vis­ited the quake zone. “We were told many in Vrisa lost their liveli­hoods too, so we also started a com­mu­nity kitchen and de­liv­ered 30,000 dol­lars to cover the ba­sic needs of 30 fam­i­lies for the next year,” he added. An­other 5,000 dol­lars will go to­ward school sup­plies for chil­dren from Vrisa.

“We will con­tinue to raise money for the earth­quake vic­tims in or­der to help them get back on their feet,” said Pap­pas.

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